Medalist: Matteo de' Pasti (Italian, Verona ca. 1420–after 1467 Rimini)
Diameter: 83 mm
Medals and Plaquettes
Bequest of Gwynne M. Andrews, 1931
Not on view
Matteo's medals are among the finest of the early Italian Renaissance. A follower of Pisanello, he was also a manuscript illuminator, painter, and architect. Characterized by simple forms, precise modeling, and harmonious compositions, many of his portrait medals relate to his role as artist and advisor to the Malatesta court in Rimini.
Signature: Reverse OPVS · MATHEI · DE · PASTIS / * M CCCC · XLVI *
Inscription: Obverse: in margin: ISOTE • ARIMINESI • FORMA • ET • VIRTVTE • DECORI • [trans.: To Isotta of Rimini, ornament of Italy by [her] grace and beauty]